Bookworm Schedule — November 2013

Reading is fun!“A children’s story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children’s story in the slightest.”

 C.S. Lewis

Give a wiggly welcome to new bookworms Mrs.  Kimball and Mr. Lange as they begin this month! And thanks to second grader Allie for helping recruit Mr. Lange! If you’re interested in being a bookworm, contact Mr. Boomsma or Mrs. Annis.

Tuesday, November 5 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to listen to readers, 9 AM.

Thursday, November 7 – Mr. Lange will be at school to listen to readers, 9 AM

Thursday, November 7 – Valley Grange hosts Piscataquis Pomona Meeting, potluck supper at 6 PM, program at 7 PM.

Friday, November 8 – Bookworms are invited to join the kids for a Tribute to Veterans, 1:15 PM in the PCSS Gymnasium.

Monday, November 11 – No school, Veterans’ Day!

Tuesday, November 12 – Mrs. Kimball will be at school to listen to readers, 9 AM

Thursday, November 14 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to listen to readers, 9 AM

Friday, November 15– Valley Grange monthly Program. Potluck supper at 6 PM and program at 7 PM.

Tuesday, November 19 – Mr. Boomsma will be at school to listen to readers, 9 AM

Thursday, November 21 – Mr. Lange will be at school to listen to readers, 9 AM

Saturday, November 23 – Valley Grange Harvest Festival to benefit Piscataquis Santa… supper at 5 PM — see detailed information!

Thursday, November 28 – Happy Thanksgiving! No school this week!

Bookworm Recruiting, Second Grade Style

by Mr. Boomsma

It’s no secret that I firmly believe that kids are great problem solvers!

I wish I were a bookwormAs many of you know, we’ve been struggling a bit to increase our bank of bookworms this year. Here’s a story that demonstrates maybe we should have just asked the kids for some help!

This past Tuesday, Mike Lange from the Observer shadowed me as I bookwormed so he could write a story about our program… we picked up our first kid and went to the couch where he listened for a while and took lots of photos. Since it was business as usual as far as the amount of time per kid, Mr. Lange decided to wander back to Mrs. Stearns’ room and poke around a bit—talk to some of the kids, maybe take another photo or two.

When “B” and I returned to the classroom I saw Mr. Lange sitting on a small chair at a desk next to a young lady. They were engrossed in a book about dinosaurs. Mr. Lange looked up and offered an explanation. “She told me it was her turn next and made me sit down and listen to her!” I chuckled at the sales ability of “A” and waited for them to finish. Mr. Lange asked her what she’d learned from the story… and after hearing her answer looked at me and said, “You know… I can do this! You just listen, help, and then ask some questions, right?”

Oh yeah, he’s hooked.  So give a wiggly welcome to our newest Bookworm, Mr. Lange from Saint Albans and the Piscataquis Observer! And a big thanks to “A” from Mrs. Stearns Second Grade for her recruiting efforts!

Mr. Boomsma is having trouble keeping up with all of this, but hopes to have the classroom posters with photos done soon… Bookworms, if you owe me a photo, please send it ASAP. Mrs. Annis has already sent out the schedule request for November—let’s start filling those slots! I’d like to have everyone’s badge at school and the classroom posters in place before we start November!

Harvest Festival Information

Harvest Festival information is available right here!

Correction to Meeting Schedule

Thanks to eagle-eyed Betty VanDyke for catching another example of my famous date deficit disorder. It seems in the October letter and schedule, I gave two different dates for the November Meeting. The correct date is November 15. (The date in the letter.) I’ve fixed the full year calendar, you can download your own copy: 2013-2014 Schedule or correct the one you have! Sorry for any confusion!

Dictionary Day Success!

Over fifty third graders and their teachers visited Valley Grange last Monday for some lessons in history and to receive their dictionaries. We’ll have some photos to post soon, but in the meantime, you can watch the story as reported on WABI – TV 5 news:

Thanks to everyone who helped make this special day possible!


Mr. Boomsma needs to focus!

Thanks to Mrs. Bosworth for pointing out that two dates were reversed on the October! But the one thing nobody noticed was the headline for the October Schedule read, “Bookworm Schedule — May 2013!” Oops! Both have been corrected and Mr. Boomsma is trying harder to focus and stay on task! And we can learn from this… very often our minds play tricks on us and we see what we expect to see and miss what is actually there!

Speaking of missing things… the WABI TV5 coverage of Dictionary Day did not air last night, but should be on the six o’clock news tonight!

Bookworm Schedule — October 2013

Reading is fun!“You’re the same today as you’ll be in five years except for the people you meet and the books you read.”

 Charlie Jones

Here we go again! Bookworms are going to be wiggling their way to school soon… and we have lots of other activities this month as well!

Monday, October 7  – Bookworms and Grange members welcome third graders from Piscataquis Community Elementary School to the hall for Dictionary Day! The bus arrives a little after 1 PM.

Tuesday, October 15 – Bookworms meet with PCES second and third graders in the cafeteria for an assembly to start the Bookworm Program.

Thursday, October 17 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Friday, October 18 – Valley Grange monthly Program. Potluck supper at 6 PM and program at 7 PM.

Tuesday, October 22 –  Mr. Boomsma will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, October 24 – Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Friday, October 25 – Bookworms Mr. Boomsma and Mr. Annis will travel to Milo Elementary and Brownville Elementary Schools to celebrate SAD 41 Dictionary Day!

Monday, October 28 – Bookworms and Grange members welcome third graders from SeDoMoCha Elementary School to the hall for Dictionary Day! The bus arrives at 9 AM.

Tuesday, October 29 – Mrs. Bosworth will be at school to read, 9 AM.

Thursday, October 31 – Happy Halloween!  Ms. Erwin will be at school to read, 9 AM.

October 2013 Health Beat

Karen’s Kolumn is written by Karen Dolley, R.N. and Grange Friend… we appreciate her knowledge and her willingness to share! This month’s column is written by Walter Boomsma as Karen is very busy with her work!

October is Farm to School Month!

FTS LogoFarm to school is broadly defined as any program that connects schools (K-12) and local farms with the objectives of serving healthy meals in school cafeterias, improving student nutrition, providing agriculture, health and nutrition education opportunities, and supporting local and regional farmers. Farm to school programs exist in all 50 states, but since farm to school is a grassroots movement, programs are as diverse as the communities that build them. In fact, the collaboration “GrowME” might qualify as we attempt to create agricultural literacy with classroom activities.

I’m willing to bet it’s not a coincidence that this is the month when many families make trips to pumpkin patches and apple orchards. Fall is a great time to think about the role farming plays in our health and in our communities. In the broadest sense, the harvest season starts with county fairs and may not end until spring when we open the last jar of veggies canned from our garden.

Chances are there are some activities taking place in your child’s school that fall under the “farm to school” heading. But it’s also a good time of year to consider the concept of “farm to family.” An outing to select pumpkins for the traditional jack-o-lanterns can be a healthy family event because it includes fresh air, sunshine, and an opportunity for the family to simply “be together.” These opportunities become increasingly important as the societal trends pull us in different directions or have us sitting silently together while we stare at our cell phones and tablets.

Visit a farm market–not only for the fresh produce but also for a chance to talk with the people who have grown what you’re purchasing. Most of these folks are happy to share information–some are very entertaining–and you’ll often get recipes and suggestions for preparation.

Most dictionaries define harvesting as the gathering of crops and, with a little creative thinking, we can find much to harvest. When we rake the leaves in our yards, we might be harvesting–as long as we are putting those leaves to some good use–perhaps as compost. (Personally I think a big pile for jumping in would qualify.) Rainwater collection systems allow us to “harvest” rainwater–not something we’d traditionally think of as a crop, certainly.

What can you harvest this fall to improve yours and your family’s health? Henry David Thoreau found much to harvest. ““The true harvest of my life is intangible – a little star dust caught, a portion of the rainbow I have clutched.

Some resources:

University of Maine Cooperative Extension

National Farm to School Month Information

National Farm to School Network

Eat Maine Foods Coalition

Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association





About Hugging Dictionaries…

Have you hugged your dictionary lately? As we approach our Fall 2013 Dictionary Day Season, here are some thoughts about dictionaries and words by lexicographer Erin McKean. She’s informative, she’s energetic, and she’s pretty funny! Don’t miss this truth: “Anybody who has read a children’s book knows that love makes things real.”